Photo Diary: Susanna Heller at Magnan Metz in NYC.

Rolling Thunder (Night for Day), 2013 by Susanna Heller at Magnan Metz

Waiting for Dawn, 2011, by Susanna Heller
From top: Rolling Thunder (Night for Day), from 2013; a series of sketches; and Waiting for Dawn, 2011.

LAST CHANCE: There is an absolutely stunning show of paintings by Susanna Heller on view at Magnan Metz in Chelsea. The show includes her signature brooding landscapes, but there are also a couple of walls of sketches (worth examining) as well as a suite of works that chronicle her husband’s illness. In these latter pieces, I almost felt as if I could smell the rubbing alcohol and hear the blip of the heart monitor. The machinery in these images seems to have a disconcerting life of its own. I simply couldn’t look away.

The works are absolutely staggering for their intensity, intimacy and visual punch. Do not miss this show.

Susanna Heller, Phantom Pain, is on view at Magnan Metz through this Saturday, April 20. 

2 comments

  1. The Portrait Artist

    So much color and so many details in mrs. Heller’s “Waiting for Dawn” painting… and yet it manages to look so beautifully simple. It could even be split into two different paintings, one of the dying man and one of the medical machinery. It’s fantastically well-done.